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Samba Brazilian Grill

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240 west gilman street, Madison, WI 53703 (State Street)
608-257-1111
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Buffet, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 62
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Amazing Valentine's Treat!

My husband and I met friends at Samba's for our Valentine's celebration, and are so glad we did! The salad bar and vegetable selections were excellent - a nice variety to balance the next course of meats! The meats were all succulent and VERY tasty - the parmesan pork is EXCELLENT! I love the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
KaynGeorge
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Platteville, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Buffet
  • Late Night
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144 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Platteville, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

My husband and I met friends at Samba's for our Valentine's celebration, and are so glad we did! The salad bar and vegetable selections were excellent - a nice variety to balance the next course of meats! The meats were all succulent and VERY tasty - the parmesan pork is EXCELLENT! I love the offering of the grilled pineapple -... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Very fun place to eat, you have this gong with red and green at your table. When you want them to bring you something you turn it to green. Then they just come to your table offering you this or offering you that. I recommend trying everything once. I tried lamb for the first time. It wasn't my thing. But... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This was my first visit to Samba's and I was impressed with the vast salad bar options. My husband and I have eaten at several Las Vegas buffets and found the quality of Samba's offerings superior to some found there. Even though I did enjoy the flavor of most of the meats that came around; some were a little dry... More 

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Reedsburg,Wisconsin
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Having enjoyed this restaurant in the past, we planned a dinner with our kids and grandkids in January. We all were very disappointed this time. First, the servers did not come around as often with the meat selections. My wife and daugher in law were the last to finish their salads and the rest of us were already enjoying our... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

At this place you'll start off with 50 or more different kinds of limitless appetizers, all of which are delicious. I was tempted to fill up right then and there, but I knew the main course was coming. The server will keep coming around with rich and flavorful meat, until you flip over your token, letting them know you need... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We were given a gift card to Samba Brazilian grill a year ago as a Christmas present. With Christmas 2014 approaching, we decided we better use the gift card. I had heard so many things about the experience of dining at Samba that we had to find just the right time to go. Number one, you need to go hungry.... More 

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Tomah, Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

First time at a Brazilian restaurant. Ate here on New Yesr's Eve & it was an awsome experience. Such an array of wonderful food. Large variety on salad bar and all the meats are outstanding. The grilled cinnamon pineapple is to die for. You will definately not leave hungry. Staff was great. Can't wait to come back.

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is a carnivore's delight! I've enjoyed coming here over the years and my last visit was this past September. Love the unique ingredients on the salad bar, the grilled pineapple is hard to stop eating, sausages are rich and a bit fiery, garlic chicken was flavorful and juicy and those cheese bread popovers (pão de queijo) on the table... More 

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Top Contributor
151 reviews 151 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 via mobile

Samba is a great place if you like the "Brazilian skewer of meat" experience. Their food is very high quality and the service is very friendly. The salad bar has a lot of different selections, though I was disappointed that they didn't have very many of your typical American salad toppings.(onions, carrots, shredded cheese, etc.) I love eating different kinds... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Bring your appetite. This is similar to other all-you-can-eat meats-on-a-spit places in other cities. But it's a very nice atmosphere with great service and outstanding selection. It's hard not to fill up on their salad and sides bar, and that's before you start stuffing yourself with several succulent meats. We like coming here with friends. Since it's a little pricey,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 240 west gilman street, Madison, WI 53703
    (State Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 608-257-1111

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35 - 100
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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